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Methodists set table for Nov. 10 dinner

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist church will host a community Harvest Dinner Nov. 10 beginning at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to attend. Contributions for FISH Food Bank will be accepted.

The celebration will continue Sunday morning at 10 a.m. with a special harvest service led by lay Pastor Christy Matson. For more information, call Jean Stone at 541-386-2951.


The Hood River County Fairgrounds is currently being used for boat, car and RV storage through April 1. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Fair Manager Clara Rice at 541-354-2865.

Now that The Gorge Fruit and Craft Show is over, the next big thing at the fairgrounds will be the Last Chance Bazaar Dec. 8-9. Limited spaces are available.


Mid Valley Preschool teacher Socci Galvez thanks school principal Dennis McCauley, teacher Kim Yasui and all Mid Valley staff for making the preschool feel welcome.

“Children and staff are really enjoying being part of a big school, with the outdoor structure and the big gym for games and physical activities every day,” says Galvez.

The preschool has two open spaces; call Galvez at 541-806-3887 for more information.


Cub Scout Pack 378 held its annual pumpkin carving contest recently and had numerous great entries, reports Scoutmaster Nick Kirby.

Winners were as follows:

Scariest: Anthony Roseberry (1), Curtis Harju (2) and Brycen Lauritson (3); Funniest: Anthony Ortiz (1), Matoska Silva (2) and Clayton Green (3); Most Creative: Zeke Porter (1), Emilio Castaneda (2) and Weston Sieverkropp (3).

Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 378 are selling apple cider, just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas (and every day, adds Kirby). Cost is $3 for a half-gallon and $5 for a gallon. All proceeds help boys pay for camp.

The Pack and Troop are seeking new members this fall. Cub Scouts are for boys in grades 1-5, and Boy Scouts for grades 5-12. Both groups welcome all boys and parents who want to share the experience. For more information (or to order cider), contact Nick Kirby at 541-354-1323.


The Gorge Marathon will be held Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. at the marina this year, and Mid Valley students are already logging miles at home and school. If they log 13.1 or 26.2 miles, they will receive a T-shirt at a special assembly in November.

Last year, 50 Mid Valley students participated in this free event, finishing the last leg of their marathons at the marina.

PE Specialist Fran Rabaliati encourages all her students to participate.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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